Violent students putting pressure on education?

Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) President, Julian Monrose,  declaring that violent students are putting pressure on the education system, has questioned the role that the church is playing  in helping problem  students.

Monrose spoke against the backdrop of the display Wednesday of drugs, weapons and stolen items that the police seized from students in 2015 and 2016.

“We have to ask ourselves where is the church in all of what is happening? Are the churches playing their part in assisting the homes in raising children?” The SLTU President told the Times.

He said even teachers have to be fearful for their own lives.

“You do not know what will happen when a student comes to school with a weapon- when that student will choose to turn on a teacher, “Monrose declared.

He said as a people and a society, there is need to take  more serious look at the situation of violence in schools, rather than speak out every time a serious matter arises.

The SLTU President recalled that last school term at St. Mary’s College there was a break in.

He said the Watchman was tied up and beaten.

“There was all this fuss about having to do something about school security – where is that now?” Monsose said, adding that the matter seems to have taken a back seat.

He said:

“That is not how we have to approach serious issues of our students being on drugs, thinking that it is okay to walk with weapons or get involved in violence.”

Monrose said there must be a sustainable effort at educating the young people and sending a message to parents that they will be held responsible for the actions of their children.

Monrose asserted that violent students who believe that aggression is ‘cool’ are putting pressure on the education system.

“Instead of focussing on the original mandate of teaching the children and getting them to succeed academically, we now have to be having all kinds of programmes in schools – anti-drug programmes, programmes against violence – so it has made the work of the teacher a lot more difficult,” Monrose told the Times.

The SLTU President explained that the homes from which the unruly students come are not playing their role.


  1. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    The church .
    Is have to do with the parents.
    Yes the church can talk to them,but can’t make them do it.
    The kids have a mind of they own.
    Hold them responsible for the actions .

  2. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Wtf does the church have to do with this ? There are kids who don’t even go to church nd don’t do those things ! Parents, take control of your kids, don’t go around blaming others. 😒

  3. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Mr Monrose should know better…Boys are on the playing field on Saturdays and Sundays…..Parents don t go to church…People have no rime for the thinhd of God….When God iis kicked out of the school satan takes charge…….

  4. Dissatisfied
    January 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Do you set the example and go to church Monrose?
    Have you been a role model for the students of the nation?
    As someone rightfully said, God has been kicked out of schools, what do you expect.
    Most teachers of today, themselves are not role models…SO…..
    Families need to change their focus. Two lashes long ago straightened a child up. Today it is abuse. We have put into the head of children that they have so many rights… Well development and modernisation,,,,,, we are paying for it now. Sorry, Families play your role

  5. Pankaiso
    January 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    To dissatisfied and Anonymous I tend to support your comments not one hundred percent in all but on a good average ,I find it so humorous when certain members a the first to jump and comment saying is church the church needs to play a part my god I won’t send my worst enemy for any advise from the church ,you could have taken many years ago but even then it was just as dangerous as the the very priest and bishop were the ones responsible for molesting our boy children I no of two brothers who were molested by a certain priest and these boys have never gotten over the ordeal to this day the priest lives happy and these boy have been damage for life they will never be the same so can we trust the church you will never no what’s lurking under that robe

  6. rude ghal
    January 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    First to begin with parents have to be blamed for what is going on in this society. If the parents don’t send their kids to church how will the church help them?.parents will be at all dance and the children r left home unsupervised. Parents refused to asked their about items they bringing into the house? This world have turned upside down now.

  7. Anonymous
    January 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What does the Church have to do with bad behavior? What’s going on at home? Are disruptive students being identified and given resources to deal with their underlying issues? Can parents get resources?